Thanks to the release of the star-studded Great Gatsby film (see: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan) this past weekend, there’s been non-stop chatter about the literary classic as of late. Suddenly, we started to feel super nostalgic for all the books we were forced to read in high school (and how we totally didn’t appreciate them while we were there…oops). To honor all those awesome English teachers during our most tumultuous teen years, we decided to round up some of the most popular books and transform them into nail art! (Don’t worry, there’s no quiz at the end.)
’THE GREAT GATSBY’ BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
Photo: Via Celine Does Nails
Of course, we have to start with the inspiration behind this post: The Great Gatsby itself. This nail artist decided to take the signature blue cover art and reinterpret it into an AMAZING five-part nail design, complete with the floating face, title, byline, and city skyline. We give her major props for the painstakingly on-point replication of the typography and serious attention to detail. Shall we say she, erm, killed it?
’CATCHER IN THE RYE’ BY J. D. SALINGER
Photo: Via Lacquology
We remember reading The Catcher in the Rye like it was yesterday, so when we saw a mani that recreated the iconic first-edition cover on her tips, we practically flipped out. She broke down the angry, red-stained merry-go-round horse into different mini masterpieces to create a more abstract homage to the book. MAMA LIKE.
’MACBETH’ BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Photo: Via Sonoma Nail Art
Ahhh, the infamous tragedy of Macbeth! This nail artist took the famous “double, double toil and trouble” line from the play and made it the theme of her entire mani. She painted part of the passage on her thumb, added two witches on her pointer finger, painted a bubbling cauldron on her middle, a third witch on her ring finger, and the potion ingredients (toe of frog, eye of newt, and, everyone’s favorite: the finger of a birth-strangled babe! *gulp*) on her pinky.
’TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ BY HARPER LEE
Photo: Via The Bookish Manicurist
You don’t even have to read To Kill A Mockingbird to understand this ’60s book cover homage. The nail artist (who has an entire blog dedicated to nail art inspired by book covers) recreated the infamous leafy tree on her thumb and ring finger with orange, seafoam and black polishes. For the rest of her tips, she painted two stripes across the top to give it that vintage-y vibe.
’THE LITTLE PRINCE’ BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
Photo: Via The Nail Artiste
We studied French for many, many years (think: junior high through high school), which resulted in, yes, us reading The Little Prince novella entirely en français. We loved the illustrations as much as the text, so when we saw the delicate watercolors recreated in nail art form, WHEW! We just had to share. Like, um, please peep how she mixed actual stars with glitter on each finger to create that oh-so-perfect otherworldly feel. *golf claps* But tell us, have any books inspired YOUR nail designs? Let us know in the comments below!